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Hokies Pay Out Hefty Football Bonuses

by Chris Coleman,

The Virginia Tech football team completed another successful season in 2005, advancing to the ACC Championship Game and earning a berth in the Gator Bowl. As a result of the 11-win season, the entire coaching staff earned bonuses, as did members of the training staff, the athletic director and band directors.

All told, the bonuses for the ACC Championship Game and the Gator Bowl came out to just under half a million dollars. For the coaching staff, the bonus amount varied depending on what role the coach had with the team.

Regular assistant coaches received a bonus of $3,000 for the ACC Championship Game. Associate Head Coach Billy Hite and recruiting coordinator Jim Cavanaugh pocketed $4,000. Offensive and Defensive Coordinators Bryan Stinespring and Bud Foster earned $5,000 apiece.

For earning a trip to the Gator Bowl, the coaching staff received even greater bonuses. Foster and Stinespring earned $40,000 apiece because of their status as coordinators, while the rest of the assistant coaches earned $18,750. Frank Beamer got a whopping $155,388 bonus for the Gator Bowl appearance.

Of course, others were given bonuses as well for their hard work during the season. Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Gentry received $3,000 for the ACC Championship Game appearance, and another $18,750 for the Gator Bowl. (In other words, he earned a full coach’s share.) Jack Johnson, Gentry’s assistant, also received a $3,962 bonus for the Gator Bowl.

Even equipment manager Lester Karlin got into the act. Karlin received a check for $1,500 for the ACC Championship Game and another $4,007 for the Gator Bowl. Director of Football Operations John Ballein pocketed $3,000 for the ACC Championship Game and $8,904 for the Gator Bowl.

Head trainer Mike Goforth was given a nice bonus as well. Goforth received $1,500 for the trip to the ACC Championship Game, and another $5,356 for Tech’s berth in the Gator bowl.

Even the band directors got into the act. Director Dave McKee received $5,000, while assistant director Will Peterson was awarded $4,000.

And last, but certainly not least, Athletics Director Jim Weaver received a share as well. Weaver got $36,142 for the Gator Bowl appearance.

Here’s a look at the entire list of bonuses.

Recipient Title Amount
Ball, Anthony Assistant Coach $3,000
Ballein, John Associate Athletic Director $3,000
Cavanaugh, Jim Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator $4,000
Foster, Bud Defensive Coordinator $5,000
Gentry, Mike Head Strength & Conditioning Coach $3,000
Goforth, Michael Athletic Trainer $1,500
Hite, Billy Associate Head Coach $4,000
Karlin, Lester Equipment Manager $1,500
Pearman, Danny Assistant Coach $3,000
Rogers, Kevin Assistant Coach $3,000
Stinespring, Bryan Offensive Coordinator $5,000
Ward, Lorenzo Assistant Coach $3,000
Wiles, Charles Assistant Coach $3,000


Recipient Contract Owner Title Amount
Ball, Anthony Beamer Assistant Coach $18,750
Ballein, John Beamer Assoc. AD Dir./Football Ops $8,904
Beamer, Frank Beamer Head Football Coach $155,388
Cavanaugh, Jim Beamer Assist. Coach/Recr.Coord. $18,750
Foster, Bud Foster Defensive Coordinator $40,000
Gentry, Mike Gentry Head Strength/Cond. Coach $18,750
Goforth, Michael Beamer Head Trainer $5,356
Hite, Billy Hite Associate Head Coach $18,750
Johnson, Jack Gentry Assist. Strength/Cond. Coach $3,962
Karlin, Lester Beamer Equipment Manager $4,007
Pearman, Danny Beamer Assistant Coach $18,750
Roger, Kevin Beamer Assistant Coach $18,750
Stinespring, Bryan Stinespring Offensive Coordinator $40,000
Ward, Lorenzo Beamer Assistant Coach $18,750
Weaver, Jim Weaver Athletic Director $36,142
Wiles, Charles Beamer Assistant Coach $18,750


Non-Contractual Bonus Title Amount
McKee, Dave Band Director $5,000
Petersen, Will Assistant Band Director $4,000


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Three Phoebus Players Boast 1A Offers

June 2, 2006
As usual, Phoebus boasts a handful of prospects who have garnered Division 1A attention. Leading the way in this year’s class are four players – offensive lineman Maurice Hampton, athlete Dennis Mathis, linebacker/defensive end Landon Givers and fullback/linebacker Haroon Brown. Three of the four have received official offers from 1A programs.

Lane Stadium West Side Expansion Photo Gallery
June 1, 2006
Yesterday, TSL staff toured Lane Stadium's West side expansion and found the facility to be very close to completion. Nearly all of the luxury suites and stadium clubs are close to being finished, with cleanup and placement of furniture being the major remaining tasks. We bring you a photo gallery previewing the luxury suites and stadium clubs that are the heart and soul of the long-awaited expansion.

Tech Gets Commitment #2!
June 1, 2006
Virginia Tech's football program has picked up its second commitment in as many days. This time, the Hokies headed to the state of Georgia to land a 6-5, 220-pound tight end prospect.

Odom's Road to his VT Commitment
June 1, 2006
It’s a good thing Osbourn Park's (Manassas, VA) Quillie Odom can play with pain. Had he not played almost his entire junior season with a broken thumb, perhaps he wouldn’t have earned a scholarship from Virginia Tech. But he did and, on Tuesday, became the first player to commit to the Hokies for the 2007 class.

Angela Tincher Named All-American
June 1, 2006
Virginia Tech softball phenom Angela Tincher became the first softball player in Virginia Tech history to be named an All-American. On Wednesday, she was named a 2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NCAA second-team All-American. It is one more honor to add to an already long list of honors.
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Big Weekend for Nuss
May 31, 2006
This weekend will be an important one in the recruitment of Stone Bridge (Ashburn, VA) offensive line recruit Andrew Nuss. The 6-6, 285-pound will head to Notre Dame later this week for a one-day camp/combine event and could hear soon as to whether or not the Irish will extend a scholarship offer.

Hokies Land First Commit of 2007 Class
May 31, 2006
Virginia Tech has picked up verbal commitment #1 for the 2007 football recruiting class, and it comes from a linebacker prospect out of Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Virginia.

Television Coverage Announced for Four Tech Football Games
May 30, 2006
On Tuesday, the ACC released their preseason football television schedule, which lists the starting times and TV coverage for 18 games featuring ACC teams in the first three weeks of the season, as well as Thursday night games. Times and TV coverage of four Virginia Tech games were included.

Inside the Numbers: Rating the 1998 Recruiting Class
May 30, 2006
The 1998 recruiting class will be always be remembered as the class that brought in superstars such as Michael Vick, Lee Suggs and Jake Grove. There were many other good players in that class as well, and they helped Virginia Tech win a lot of football games over the course of their careers. I was in high school when this class signed with Tech, and probably followed the program as closely as anyone could expect from a 9th grader, but I knew next to nothing about recruiting. And I didn't really care about it either. But I do remember hearing and reading about the 1998 recruiting class and getting really fired up. I remember having the belief that this class would get Virginia Tech to the next level, and I think a lot of other people believed that as well. So why so much hype for the 1998 recruiting class? Read on.

Top RB to Announce on Friday
May 30, 2006
6-2, 215-pound Brian Maddox, one of the top running back recruits in East, plans to announce his verbal commitment this Friday at a 6:00 p.m. press conference at T.L. Hanna High School (Anderson, S.C.). Maddox has narrowed his list of schools to six and will discuss the decision with his family this week.
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